The Transition Towns Movement
Transition Sheffield is part of the international Transition Towns movement, born out of the urgent need to respond to the twin threats of climate change and an imminent decline in fossil fuels (peak oil and gas).
A Transition Town is a community in transition from a high energy way of life to a much lower energy one. As global oil supplies begin to diminish, our way of life – which depends on cheap, readily available oil – will inevitably change. If this process of change is not well managed, or even ignored, the consequences could be catastrophic.
Transition initiatives can help to imagine a life beyond consumerism, share skills and resources, reduce carbon emissions, build local communities and strengthen local economies. We hope you can join us!
NB. For more information see “What is a Transition Initiative?” and “Why do Transition?” on the Transition Network website”, and for a really in depth look there is also the Transition Handbook which is also available online, and more recent books available at transitionculture.org.
Transition in a city is complex! Active groups in the Sheffield area have:
- Shown environmental and topical films at venues
- Created an edible community garden
- Hosted creative low-energy social events like the pedal powered ‘Zero Carbon Cabaret’
- Organised a street party
- Set up a community food project to buy a 9 acre field
- Organised permaculture courses on sustainable living
- Created a vision for a local area in sustainable 2030
There are various local transition groups and themed groups in Sheffield. If you live in one of the areas that has a local group you can contact them or join their mailing list. If you’re interested in starting a group let us know and we may be able to put you in touch with someone else in your area. We’ll also be able to give help and advice to anyone wishing to set up a local group. Also make sure you join our Sheffield wide announcements list to hear about various events going on. See the Contacts page for more info.